Lexus RX 400h Model Overview
Used Lexus RX 400h
Lexus RX 400h Questions
What Does "check Vsc System" Mean?
For 2 days now, every time I start the car, this message appears "Check VSC System". What does it mean? Today, the car failed to start at all. The "Ready" light will not come on. Is the starting bat...
Starter Battery Not Holding Charge
My son left the dome light on overnight on the Lexux. We had to jump-start (quite easily) the next day. Now, we need to jump start the car (again, quite easily) every 3 or 4 days. I am now using a ...
How Many Miles Or How Long Do The Batteries Last In A Lexus Rx Hybird
Used Rx400h - What To Look For
I am going to test drive an RX400h today and was wondering what things to look for? (I was going to look for leaking around the inverter, any CEL codes, etc.) I assume it will need the 90k maintenen...
Can A/c Compressor Be The Problem If Cold Air Does Not Radiate From All Ven...
With A/C on, cold air comes out of some vents, but warm air out of others. Our Service manager insists that we have a leak in our compressor and it is unable to power all vents. I find this very odd. ...
Lexus RX 400h Overview
In the late nineties, Lexus had pioneered this once unique crossover between a luxury sedan and SUV. Dubbed by critics as a "suburban utility vehicle," it was clear the RX was intended as more of an on-road people mover than a true off-road all condition 4x4.
Through its run the RX was available with front wheel drive or full time AWD. Over the course of eight years, the body style (built off the Camry/ES series platform) had changed little, but gas engines had slowly been upgraded from a 3.0 to a 3.5 liter V-6. The arrival of the gas/electric hybrid was the most significant change that the RX had seen.
The new RX 400h featured a 3.3 liter V-6 engine working in tandem with three electric motor generators. This provided a surprising 268 horsepower, which exceeded the latest RX 330 by 38. This was a first in hybrid technology, where both performance and fuel efficiency were improved. The hybrid RX boasts impressive gas mileage figures for an SUV, at 33 in the city and 28 on the highway. Other unique technologies include the regenerative braking system to maximize efficiency with the electric motor, as it saves and converts power while the vehicle is braking.
The RX series is still the entry level Lexus SUV, so the base models can be a bit stripped. However, because the RX 400h is the top of the line RX, many optional features on the 330 are standard here. The price tag reflects that. Leather interior trim, a roof rack, a one-touch moonroof, a DVD capable navigation system with rear backup camera, a six-disc CD changer, xenon headlamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels are all standard.